Ex Liverpool FC Captain, Steve Gerrard Retires, Ends 19-Year Career

Former Liverpool and England captain, Steven Gerrard, has retired, ending a 19-year playing career.

Gerrard, who is England’s fourth most-capped player with 114 appearances, captained the “Three Lions” at three of the six major tournaments the side featured, the BBC reports. He played 710 times for the Reds, winning eight major trophies, but joined MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015.

“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career,” Gerrard said.

“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.

Kane Rescues Spurs At Anfield, Arsenal, City, Chelsea All Stroll To Victories

Harry Kane was on target again to earn Tottenham Hotspur a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday but the stalemate opens a path for Leicester City to forge seven points clear in the title race this weekend.

While Arsenal crushed Watford 4-0 and Manchester City hammered Bournemouth by the same score to breathe fresh life into their faint hopes, Leicester’s closest pursuers moved to within four points thanks to Kane’s predatory instincts.

After Philippe Coutinho had put Liverpool ahead soon after halftime in a vibrant contest, Kane conjured a brilliant strike out of very little to become the first Spurs player in the Premier League era to score 22 league goals in a season.

Leicester, who have played one game fewer, now have the chance to open a huge gap over Mauricio Pochettino’s side with just six matches left if they can beat Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Kane, who felt “very proud of a great achievement” after becoming Spurs’ highest scorer in any league season since Gary Lineker in 1991-92, said his team were “a tad disappointed” with the result.

“We will watch the Leicester game tomorrow and hope Southampton can get a result and do us a favour,” he told Sky Sports.

In the battle for Champions League football next season, not even another free kick masterpiece from Dimitri Payet could inspire fifth-placed West Ham United as they had Cheikhou Kouyate sent off in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

At the other end of the table, Aston Villa’s disillusioned fans made a long, loud protest as their side were humiliated 4-0 at home to Chelsea and now stand on the verge of relegation.

Newcastle United are hot favourites to join Villa in the Championship next season after going down 3-2 in a dramatic clash at fellow strugglers Norwich City who celebrated a 93rd-minute winner from Martin Olsson.

United’s north-east rivals Sunderland are also in deep trouble, four points adrift of safety after a goalless home draw with West Bromwich Albion.


First Trophy For Iheanacho, Last For Pellegrini?

Nigerian prodigy, Kelechi Iheanacho won his first silverware with Manchester City who triumphed over Liverpool 3-1 on penalties, to win the Capital One Cup on Sunday, after the game finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Fernandinho had opened scoring for City, before Coutinho levelled with a few minutes of regulation time left.

There were no goals in the extra 30 minutes and Willy Caballero, who was playing in the place of Joe Hart, saved three spot-kicks to hand the first domestic title to Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Pellegrini who is having his last season at the Etihad will now look towards three other competitions but the Premier League is looking unreachable, and Chelsea stand in the way in the FA Cup, meaning if they fail to win the UEFA Champions League, as is more likely, and bottle it in the previous two, the South American may have won his last title for City.

The loss means Reds boss, Jurgen Klopp, has now lost four consecutive finals as a manager and Liverpool have not won any silverware since 2006.

Liverpool Reverse Ticket Prices Hike After Fans Revolt

Liverpool’s owners have apologised and scrapped the plans to hike Anfield ticket prices after 10 000 fans walked out of the ground in protest at the weekend.

Principal owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner acted after legions of angry Reds fans stormed out of the ground in protest in the 77th minute of Saturday’s home game against Sunderland, after which the team lost a two-goal lead to draw the game.

The timing reflected the £77 being asked for the most expensive ticket at Anfield next season.

Consequentially, the club’s owners have announced a number of changes to their initial proposals in a structure which will also remain for the subsequent season.

Revenue generated from ticket prices will be frozen at 2015-16 levels; this means the highest match-day price for a general admission ticket will remain at £59 – the lowest will be £9 and these tickets will be offered for every match with an allocation of 10 000 across the season.

The highest season ticket price will be frozen at £869 – after fears it would break through the £1 000 barrier – and the lowest £685.

Liverpool’s Target, Teixeira Off To China

Liverpool target Alex Teixeira is set to move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, the midfielder’s manager at Shakhtar Donetsk has confirmed.

Shakhtar have accepted a transfer fee of €50 million to send Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning, boss Mircea Lucescu told reporters.

Luscescu said Shakhtar would await to officially announce the move until the Brazilian had signed all his paperwork for his new club, after Luiz Adriano’s move from AC Milan to China fell apart after a fee had been agreed last month.